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Aaaahhhhh... it's so tranquil here. No l33tsPe4k. No.. nothing. ... Alright, that's it. I'm gone. -- mofro
Where's Lisa, damnit?! -- mofro
I hope she hasn't been offended by the l33tspe4k mods over there. Of course, there's nothing to be offended about over here. Nothing at all. -- Psion
Psionium Phase 1.07 patches problems pertaining to present PHP. -- psion
Something is still wrong with the article edit functions. If anyone, by any freakish chance has a desire to edit an article they've submitted, let me know the corrections and I'll fix them manually. -- psion
Latest Upgrades -- Content Management!
Well, the next round of changes to introduce Psionium Phase 1.04 are complete. There are several important changes in this new release. Yes, you are all now members of different groups, based on what I know about you. There is a Trek group, for example, for members of my Star Trek RPG. There is also a V&V group. At present, there are eight groups, and I expect to add to that list as necessary. As a member of a group, you can post articles that only other members of that same group can see. You can see a display of the groups you are currently enrolled in over there in the left column. For a variety of reasons, you will never see a complete list of all the available groups or their members. Not only does it somewhat compromise the security of supposedly private groups, but it might prove embarrasing to see El Aparodor listed as a member of Homoeroticism. Not that there is such a group or that El Aparodor would even have any reason to be included.
Economic reform is also here, at last. There is a two Quatloo charge for every comment and a five Quatloo charge for every article. This is offset by the fact that you earn five centiQuatloos for every word you post, up to a maximum payment of ten Quatloos for comments and twenty-five Quatloos for every article. After that, you're just being too wordy.
And of course, there is the content management system. I've been testing it, and it looks good enough to let the rest of you chimps...er...chumps...er...good citizens play with it. You can't upload binary files just yet (images), but you can prepare a story online and edit it at your leisure since no one else will see it until you chose to publish. If you need graphics to go with your text, either send them to me, or link to a location offsite. Eventually, I'll put in local file management so you can upload everything you need here.
No, there are no games yet. I keep putting them off as I gear up for their support. For example, although you can't see it, Psionium v1.04 now has the ability to display priority articles before more recent articles. This is intended to allow displays about games and other important messages to continue to ride above any newer articles without scrolling off into the archive where you won't be kept posted.
Anyway, games will probably come in version 1.05, and that could be anytime between a few days and a few months, based on prior experience.
There are a few minor areas that still need adjustment or clean-up. For example, although you can see the groups that include you, it would be nice to click on each and see a list of members and articles posted. Taxes, and "event cards" are next on my agenda, and they will form the core of the gaming system. I also want to add the ability to transfer Quatloos from your account to another citizen. There are several groups that don't yet have customized icons. These are currently served by placeholder icons. Finally, there are a few preference features that still have to be added, and the ability to email password memory jogs is still missing.
Finally, I HAVE to apologize to LMM and Ktrac for a bug in Psionium which I didn't even know about. It seems that at the time they registered, there was a defect in the preference default system that turned off most of the features of the site unless they altered their preferences. This has been corrected. I'm awarding both 10 Quatloos for their inconvenience.
Now, if only they had some cool things to spend them on...
Psion on 2002-06-16 04:37:35
Not to dampen the enthusiasim
How about some way to return to the front page once you're in an article. The browser back button is OK, but some sort of home button on the page would be a nice touch. I think the logo used to function as such a device but it seems to have stopped.
ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching! ka-ching!
Ah... the sweet scent of free quatloos! It's like minting money.
Viva El Aparador!
Ichiban on 2002-06-16 11:07:00
Die, Rebel Scum!
Ah, my old friend, El Aparador! You're still posting here. I cannot help but be touched. Unfortunately, in your zeal to cut and paste ka-chings, you must have missed the word "Cover" that has been in the left hand margin under "Inside" since the very beginning of this site.
To be fair, this isn't as obvious as it once was when the sidebar had a fraction of the information it now has. So, I have been thinking of adding, as a new feature, the ability to return to the home page by clicking on the big icon. The only problem is that it sits in the background as a CSS graphic, so to do as you suggest requires a somewhat more fundamental change. Still, it's almost an inevitability...
Now about those ka-chings. You've done an admirable job of proving Umbriel's point. I had briefly considered the possibility of adding code to search for such mindless Quatloo grabs, but that would only invite you to explore other exploitations of my benevolence.
So, clearly, something more drastic must be done...
It is such a shame what some citizens drive me to do!
Psion on 2002-06-16 15:07:42
It's a fair cop...
...but society's to blame!
To be fair, IIRC the logo used to be a clickable home link. I never noticed or used the 'Cover' link before. When this this turn into a magazine anyway? I thought it was a third world dictatorship.
I don't think 'hacking' is a fair description of the charges. If you really want to see hacking....well all I can say is...
Viva El Aparador!
Ichiban on 2002-06-16 20:46:27
Today's Revolutionaries Are Such Cry-babies!
I promise, that icon has never been clickable. Well, it was clickable, but in a clicking-in-vain-because-there-was-no-link-associated sort of way.
That isn't to say you don't have a good idea. And you're also spot-on with the Third World Dictatorship vs. Magazine metaphor conflict. It's almost enough to convince me to give you your ten Quatloos back.
But in any event, I will, at some point, rewrite the header so the main icon points to index.php. In the meantime, anyone who comes up with a good word to replace "Cover" over there in the left margin gets a 10 Quatloo bonus, courtesy of the penalty our local revolutionary has paid. In order to satisfy Ichiban, I think we should try to stick with the Third-World Dictat...er...Tropical Paradise theme, although I can't think of anything that fits that well in addition to being obvious. So if I don't get any good suggestions, I'll revert to the default "Home Page" idea, which at least suggests a place.
Another idea I've just had is to give us all some RPG attributes; Health, IQ, Strength, Dexterity, etc. And make participation here at Psidonia more gamelike. You'll also get possessions, distributed from a stack of options that you can pay to shop at any time. These possessions would give you the ability to interact with other citizens in interesting ways. Even attack or defend yourself, and you'd lose Health and possibly die if things get really bad.
Of course, I don't want to chase anyone off, nor do I want to interfere with the main purpose of the site, which is to write invective-laden diatribes at each other, so death would do nothing more than advance a "Number of times died" counter on your citizen record, zero your account balance, and return your possessions to the stack. Anyone who wants to simply participate in Psidonia as a forum could choose to ignore the distractions and read and respond to articles. But those who want to play can buy possessions, and barter or wage war on their fellow citizens.
Just remember who controls the military.
Psion on 2002-06-17 12:24:51
Another Update -- Membership Lists
A minor update for version 1.04.01: I've added membership lists. Obviously, you'll need to know who else is in each group you're in. Just click on the group name, and you'll see a list of each member in it.
Also, there's been ongoing work concerning the background game first conceived in the post above. I currently have a discussion group put together to start working out the mechanics of how the game is played. I plan put this in effect with two conditions: first, I want the game added incrementally with new rules and features upgrading the site as time passes. Second, I want it set up so that anyone who doesn't want the distraction can turn the game off and not have to worry about it.
I'll keep you posted about what The Group decides.
Psion on 2002-06-18 13:12:13
The Rich Get Richer
Testing a new payment feature in Phase 1.4.03 -- giving the two Quatloo comment charge to the original author.
Psion on 2002-06-24 10:52:40
Let's Try that again...
Ahem. A small bug from an improperly passed variable. Let's try again.
Psion on 2002-06-24 10:59:38
Title Graphic Links to Home Page
Ok, Ichiban, are you happy now? I've stripped the title image out of CSS and used a simple img tag on the header so that I can link it to the home page. This, hopefully, will make the site a little more friendly to the older browsers, too.
Now don't say I never gave you anything.
Psion on 2002-06-30 21:18:50
Is there anything in the above that is wrong? Do some of the statements make your blood boil?
Do you want to give someone a piece of your mind? After all, you know more about these issues than
almost anyone, and people should be listening to you!
Alas, you have yet to take the time to log in or register yourself.
Go on, join up! Become a citizen of Psidonia and let these nimrods know what's really going on!
(If you're having trouble figuring it out, there are log in and registration controls over there on
the left side of the page...no, your other left. That's it, click the pretty buttons...)